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eBooks and eReaders are an alternative means to reading books, magazines and other reading material. Suffice to say that any device which displays text on a screen may act as an ereader, however specialised ebook readers can provide easy portability, readability and battery life for this purpose. It is also well known that a single ereader is capable of holding the digital equivalent of hundreds of printed texts without any added weight.

Although similar to a tablet computer, the screen of an eBook reader is typically much slower. The tablets are capable of higher refresh rates, better interaction and versatility, as they can devour and create many types of content. That being said, the eReader affords better readability of their screens and have a longer battery life.

It is also possible these days for eReaders to access the internet through the use of Wi-fi and with the software built-in it provides a link to your online library or ebook seller so that you can buy, borrow, receive and even lend your ebooks for eReaders.

Once registered, your eReader stores all your books and other reading materials for easy access and are also kept online for added security. It is possible to download ebooks for eReaders from any location, computer or memory card.

Deciding between ebook reader or tablet is a daunting task particularly when there are so many options to consider, such as size, weight, screen type and perhaps an app ‘ecosystem’. An app offers the most flexibility and gives you access to your reading collection on multiple devices and also lets you read ebooks from a variety of sellers, meaning you can read Kindle books on an iPad or Nook books via an android phone etc.

If all you want to do is read books or perhaps newspapers and magazines then a simple e-ink reader would suffice very well and can cost from as little as £49. eReaders offer you the nearest experience to reading a book and while they have some useful features included you don’t get the distraction of emails or social media messages being flashed across the screen.

The weight and size of your ereader is a very important issue which should be considered before you buy as you will have to hold it in front of you for a considerable amount of time.

The smallest and lightest ebook readers available weigh between six and 7.5 ounces depending on whether or not it has a touch screen or a built in light. Even when using a protective case or screen cover they are light enough to use for extended periods of time even though their use will add to the overall weight.

Unlike books or magazines an eBook allows you to change the font size of the material you are reading, even if you only have a small screen you are able to display much larger type than what you may be used to seeing in books etc so you don’t have to forfeit the readability of the text. PDF documents often look cramped on a small screen, however, as generally larger print is used in these types of documents.

Dedicated e-book readers, like Nook, Kindle, Kobo, and Sony Reader use an e-ink screen which does an admirable job of replicating the appearance of printed paper. However, they’re black and white and the pages don’t refresh as quickly as those on an LCD do, but you can read e-ink readers in direct sunlight, which is something you’re not able to do on a LCD screen.

The screens on e-ink readers are not self illuminating, but with the release of readers with Glowlight, Paperwhite and Glo this has now changed and with the use of in-built lighting technology it is now possible to read an e-ink screen in a dark environment.

Any ebook reader with additional technology included does invariably cost you more than the basic eReaders, however if they provide the reading experience that you want then the extra expense is probably well worth it.


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